- a small, bushy, Old World tree (Cotinus coggygria) of the cashew family, with filmy, feathery flower clusters resembling smoke
- a tree (Cotinus americanus) of the cashew family, growing in the SW U.S. and having brilliant orange and scarlet coloring in the fall
See smoke tree in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Either of two deciduous plants, Cotinus obovatus, a tree of the southern United States, or C. coggygria, a shrub of Eurasia, having plumelike clusters of small yellowish flowers.
Origin: From the resemblance of the flower clusters to puffs of smoke